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Vivir Para Contarla / To Live to Tell It (Spanish) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

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Item description for Vivir Para Contarla / To Live to Tell It (Spanish) (Spanish Edition) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez...

The most awaited autobiographical book from a Latin American author. This first volume relates crucial information on the author's formative years.

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Studio: Diana
Pages   580
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Diana
ISBN  9681336089  
ISBN13  9789681336080  

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More About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gabriel Garcí a Má rquez nació en Colombia en 1927. Fue galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1982. Garcí a Má rquez es el autor de muchas obras de ficció n y no ficció n, incluyendo Cien añ os de soledad, El" "amor en los tiempos del có lera, El general en su laberinto, Cró nica de una muerte anunciada y Vivir para contarla. Vive en Mé xico D.F.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1928.

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¿Cúando sale el segundo tomo?  Mar 5, 2008
Para los amantes de Gabito este libro es lectura obligatoria y un placer a los sentidos. Es el primer tomo de la autobiografía de Gabito. En el, Garcia Marquez cuenta la historia de su vida desde el noviazgo de sus padres, hasta la publicación de La Horasca. Cada frase es deliciosa. Y se aprende mucho de la vida, motivos y sentimientos del autor; sus relaciones con la familia y amigos y el porque de muchas cosas en sus obras, como su relación con las mujeres, y el papel protagonista que ellas representan siempre en todas sus novelas. Como escrito es genial, como todo lo de Gabo. Es muy real, caribeño, y sincero en revelar los elementos y personas que lo formaron como hombre y como escritor. También el libro muestra la vida y costumbres Colombianas de la época y la manera Caribeña de ver las relaciones de amistad, noviazgo y relaciones sexuales. Esperando que salga el segundo tomo para no quedarnos con las ganas de saber mas sobre la otra mitad de su vida y man aún, con las ganas de leer mas frases de Gabito.
vivir para contarla  May 13, 2007
The cover does not attract my at all, what really interest me in the author and the topic. iether way, the book cover was fine.
What Case Stevens learned from this book  Mar 7, 2006
I'm a Garcia fan.
It seems, that either you're a fan or you are not. And it also seems, that whatever side you're on, you can't convince the other side.
So ..., I'm not going to try that.

Let me just list the lessons I've learned from this book.

Stories sell.
I know this from my profession and I use it every day to sell, but I'm not talking about money here.
It's just that a great story arouses interest.
And we DO have a great story here. In fact, Garcia is a master story teller. He's so good, that almost every paragraph is a little story on its own. And what's even more, Garcia again shows his unique ability to create seamless transitions from one story to another.

Even more astonishing is the way Garcia plays with time.
The books starts at a certain point in his live and then goes back and forth in time without ever disturbing the instinctive 'flow'. He never leaves you guessing where you are in terms of time. Awesome!

I've learned about the personal life of a great writer.
I'm a long-time fan of Garcia. I guess that's one aspect of what makes this book so interesting. You get to know the background and that enables you to place his novels in another perspective: that of the author. Until now his (great) books were just that. This books shows the 'reason why' they were written.

I've learned about a culture and a way of living that was unknown to me.
Funny coincidence was, that I recently met a Columbian professional dancer, who consulted me to establish a new website for his business. To me, reading To Live to Tell better explains the unpredictable character and sometimes behavior of this person. That was a great help.
As I explained this to him, his comment was: "The book describes exactly how we, Columbians, think and act."

Hope this helps.
Still, apart from the lessons I've learned, it's a great book that I wholeheartedly can recommend reading.

Case Stevens
A book to devour  Oct 21, 2003
In order to enjoy this book, you must be a Garcia Marquez fan or at least have read a few of his other books before. If you pick this book up and are exposed to GGM for the first time though this, his memoirs, you will be bored to death, let alone clueless about what he is writing about.

For us GGM addicts, this book is another stroke of GGM's genius. You'll learn about the though process of the genius who practically invented magic realism.

Garcia Marquez, his first 30 years, in his own words  May 23, 2003
I have been a fan of Garcia Marquez and his stories since 1980, after I read "Cien Anos de Soledad".
All of his previous books and short stories have been mostly a sample of great stories from a wonderful story teller; in contrast, the flavor this book gives you is one where you feel as if he were telling you, face to face, his early years, from BEFORE he was born to when he was about 30 years old. This volume is the first in a trilogy that will make up his memoirs.
This book will give you a great insight on his background, his family, how he came to invent all the fantastic stories and characters that make up his books.
He began his literary life as a cartoonist and a poet; later, in his late teens he began writing short stories, commentaries and some editorials (mostly anonymously) for different newspapers in Colombia. He sees this period of his life as the one where he came to hone his skills, which eventually -in 1982-brought him the Nobel prize of literature.

This book is not just a narrative of his life; he also gives the reader many insights on the way he approaches a story, the mechanics of it, and what he expects to see in his finished piece.
If you are a fan of Gabo (his nickname)or you are merely a lover of great literature -I see Hemingway as a comparison-, you will love this book and will look forward to Gabo's second volume, sometime in the next two years.

P.S. I read this book three times and each time I noticed different things that I had missed the first time I read it.


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